How do I open a command prompt?

The following article explains how to open a command prompt. Through the command prompt you are able to execute operating system commands. Examples of commands include telnet, tracert and ipconfig. The method used to open a command prompt will be determined by the operating system of the machine.

Windows Vista | Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98/95

Windows Vista

  1. Click the Vista icon to display the Start menu.
  2. Click the Command Prompt option.
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  3. If that option is not available, type cmd in the search box at the bottom and press Enter.

Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98/95

  1. Click Start and select Run.
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  2. Type cmd and click OK.
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